The mission of the AFW is to further the professional development of faculty women, by providing:
- a means to network with other women faculty and administrators who share similar interests and concerns.
- career development workshops.
- representation of women faculty issues to various decision-making entities at WSU.
The Commission on the Status of Women is a Presidential Committee that advises on issues related to women. Among other tasks, the commission prepares a report on progress every 5 years. The commission has members from the staff and students as well as from the faculty.
The University is focused on institutional transformation toward a more bias-free/faculty-friendly environment through the ADVANCE program. The efforts have expanded in terms of support for individual faculty members, which now includes under-represented minority faculty members in any discipline at WSU, and continues to apply to women faculty members in tenure-track positions in STEM disciplines. Our core programs are aimed at the recruitment and retention of women faculty in STEM disciplines (as funded by NSF ADVANCE) and now includes support of under-represented minority faculty members in all disciplines at WSU. We will continue our grant opportunities under existing programs: the External Mentor, the Transitions Grant, and the Leadership Training Program.
Women and Leadership Alliance
The Women and Leadership Alliance began in 1993 as monthly gatherings to discuss leadership issues for women at Washington State University. It sponsors annual Outstanding Mentor Awards to give students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to recognize a member of the Washington State University community who has acted as a formal or informal mentor. Men, as well as women, are eligible for nomination as outstanding mentors. One nominee in each category (student, civil service staff, administrative professional staff, teaching faculty, and research faculty) receives the Mentor of the Year award. The alliance also sponsors an e-mail list to foster dialog and exchange ideas concerning women and leadership, and to inform subscribers of leadership development opportunities and activities of interest. To subscribe to the list, provide your information, and type women-leaders as the name of the list.
The Women’s Resource Center assists, supports, and mentors women at Washington State University. It develops programs to celebrate women’s contributions. It actively confronts societal challenges and obstacles through activism and working for change. Its programs address gender, race, class, and their intersections. The Center offers resources and educational programs to members of the university and engages larger constituencies to act as change agents for a more diverse and inclusive educational system.